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Palmer & Co

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay

Shay A

I’m between a 91-92 (same as I was for the Brut Reserve). After going through 6 of these and 6 brut reserve over the last year, I feel confident in the longevity of these Blanc de Blanc champagnes.

For a Blanc de Blanc, this shows plenty of yeasty/toasty notes with fleshy characteristics. Sea salted flaky honey buttered biscuits with lemon scone and honeysuckle aromatics. While the palate is similar, the finish is so drastically different than the rest of this champagne…almost too tart. Palate profile is rich with yellow fruits, kiss of nougat, and some classical limestone. The finish is just crazy underripe and again, tart. Razor sharp acidity. I think this is a champagne that benefits from time, whereas the Brut reserve is perfectly fine to consume now.
— 2 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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You should get a job at a wine magazine Shay
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@Joshua Fisher : Ha. I appreciate that. Just love wine…and part of the nerdy aspects of it! Hope to catch you at Brasswood once or twice when out that way the first week of September.
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@Shay A Delectable just tagged this post of yours on their Instagram account. Kudos!

Bruno Paillard

N.P.U. "Nec Plus Ultra" Brut Champagne Blend 2002

Spectacular showing. Amazingly tropical this time with an almost pineapple topnote. Fantastically rich and dense, but acidity to balance. Perfect mousse. Definitely seems on the upslope. Up there with the Selosse. — 7 days ago

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Alfred Gratien

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

Not very expressive in the nose or mouth. Muted stone fruits, fine bubbles and a slightly astringent finish. TBL — a day ago

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Philippe Fontaine

Cuvée Prestige Brut Champagne Blend

This bottle was provided by a friend at a recent outdoor social gathering. A very unusual blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. In fact, I can’t recall ever having a champagne that was blended with more than three of the seven permissible varieties. I wish I had more time to spend with this wine but the setting wasn’t very conducive to a thorough analysis. That being said, I took some brief notes. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. A pleasant mix of pear, lemon, citrus blossom with chalky minerals. The finish was round and quite saline…and rather delightful! Almost quaffable. This wine had a texture that sort of played with my ability to accurately judge the acidity but I settled on medium+…but I think the acid is pretty sneaky. The finish was long and satisfying. Probably my favorite bottle from Philipe Fontaine to date. No disgorgment date stated on the label. — 8 days ago

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Nice. Look for Perseval-Farge, they have a bottle (Les Goulats) that includes a majority of the odd varietals (Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau aka Pinot Blanc/Gris).
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@Severn Goodwin interesting. I’ll keep an eye out. I recently read that Duval-Leroy has been periodically releasing a 100% Petit Meslier since 1998. Not sure any of it makes it to the States.
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@Jay Kline Great info to know, thanks for passing the tip.

Moussé Fils

Cuisles Special Club Champagne Pinot Meunier 2009

100% PM, which worked really well with the richness of the vintage. A lovely rich and nutty champy that is balanced by fantastic minerality and acidity. — 7 days ago

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Selection Rosé Champagne Blend

A strenuous, exciting, sad and rewarding week has come to an end. Unusual and so I picked one of my more unusual champagnes. This is nice, smooth, citrusy and fruity. I liked the white version better a few months ago, but this is clearly a well-made Champagne. Not worth the list price, but at the price I paid I have no regrets. — 14 days ago

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Bernard Gaucher

Brut Réserve Champagne

My first experience with this producer. 90% Pinot Noir and the balance Chardonnay. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. On the nose, mostly fresh lemons and brioche. High intensity. On the palate, golden raspberries and lemon with chalky minerals and lightly toasted brioche. The acid is high…but there’s decent balance here. It’s not a particularly complex Champagne but it delivers very well as an aperitif. No disgorgement information on the label. — 7 days ago

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Paul Dangin & Fils

Cuvée Carte Blanche Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Nose of bread, brioche and lemon, very inviting. The palate shows delicate bubbles, a nice and soft mouthfeel, a delicate lemon note all along and a vinous finish, very precise and somehow ample. Totally my kind of bubbly — 3 days ago

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V.P. Vieillissement Prolongé Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Disgorged july 2019. 84 months in the cellar. Dark yellow golden color. Complex in nose. Toast, apple, some tropical tones. — a day ago

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Shay A

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Love this producer and this champagne. Their Les Crayeres is one of my all time favorites.


@Shay A can only agree with you Shay. It is exceptional what they make!

Jacques Selosse

Substance Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

Disg. ‘19- Smoky and complex with typical solera style aromas and oxidation, but there is also an alluring freshness to this disgorgment. Very much needed a decant, but shows so much character, singularity and an expansive palate with a persistent finish. Love love love. — 13 days ago

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